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InterContinental takes Holiday Inn Express brand into Russia

InterContinental takes Holiday Inn Express brand into Russia

InterContinental Hotels Group has confirmed it will take the Holiday Inn Express brand into Russia, the CIS and Georgia.

In cooperation with Regional Hotel Chain, Russia’s rapidly growing hotel property developer, IHG is pleased to introduce Holiday Inn Express Voronezh – Kirova which marks the debut of the brand in the region and will open its doors in just a few weeks’ time.

The opening comes only months after IHG brought its Hotel Indigo brand to Russia for the first time, with the opening of Hotel Indigo St Petersburg – Tchaikovskogo.

Designed to be the right choice for value-conscious business and leisure travellers, Holiday Inn Express is part of IHG’s Holiday Inn brand family. 

The brand’s proposition of ‘Simple. Smart. Spot on’ offers guests everything they need and nothing they don’t.


Regional Hotel Chain, a portfolio company of VIY Management and IHG signed a franchise multiple development agreement in 2013 to develop a number of Holiday Inn Express hotels by 2019.

The MDA agreement is a significant step towards IHG’s ambition to be market leaders in Russia, the CIS and Georgia with 100 hotels open or in the development pipeline by 2020.

Robert Shepherd, chief development officer, Europe, IHG said: “Russia, the CIS and Georgia is a priority market for us and we want to be number one there.

“In line with our strategy we are expanding our portfolio of brands in the region and in March this year we brought our upscale boutique brand Hotel Indigo to Russia. 

“We have also identified a gap in the market for quality, affordable mid-market accommodation and our Holiday Inn Express brand meets the needs of our owners and our guests perfectly. 

“We’re delighted to be partnering with VIY Management and its hotel business RHC – a proven and highly respected hotel developer and operator in Russia.”

The hotel offers guests a comfortable, yet affordable stay.

All rooms are the same size however guests can choose between a family room with a sofa, a king size double or a twin room. 

Guests have the option of two pillow choices – soft or firm. 

Each room has a workspace with a desk and chair, flat-screen TV, safe, bathroom with shower, large mirror, hairdryer and toiletries.

The complimentary Express Start breakfast bar features a full range of breakfast items, including regional and local dishes.

Launched in 1991, the Holiday Inn Express brand opens hotels at a rate of two per week on average across the world and is part of the Holiday Inn portfolio of brands, which is the largest global hotel brand, with the largest global pipeline.

There are currently 220 Holiday Inn Express hotels open in Europe and 41 in the development pipeline.